Come discover the love of piano – one key at a time.
My specialty is teaching young children to become premier pianists.
I also provide accompaniment to choirs, solo artists, bands, and special instrumental concerts.
I have coached students, for over thirty years, some of whom pursued a more rigorous, competitive course of study and some who played recreationally.
The most important component of lessons that I found is to help students enjoy their study. It is a balance of enjoyment and discipline, and encompasses learning the necessary skills for progress. Finding motivational pieces is a key component of my job.
I strive to inspire my students, make learning fun, and challenge them to progress
Take a look at my lessons page. Please contact me for lesson or accompaniment information.
Piano lessons are a fundamental way to gain a broad appreciation of music. However, the real benefits that arise from playing the piano are primarily non-musical.
A piano student learns to read two lines of music, use both ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers, with the brain giving each body part a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all of these skills in such a constructive manner. Piano lessons, therefore, develop coordination in both mind and muscles, which transfers to many daily activities. This includes improved hand-eye coordination, greater enjoyment and ability in sports, and the full use of both left and right sides of the brain.
One recent MIT study determined that the cerebral cortex of a concert pianist is enlarged by 30% on average compared to people that are considered intellectuals, but who did not have instrumental music education. Another CA study found that 75% of Silicon Valley CEO’s had instrumental music education as a child.
Music training is also linked to enhanced verbal skills. It is not as important for a student to play a piece of music with perfection as it is for him or her to develop to the best of his or her abilities. The piano is an educational tool that can help accelerate a child’s development and help adults maintain and gain benefits in brain age.
Discipline, patience, determination and perseverance are some of the many other skills learned through piano training.
We are freelance accompanists who have performed for prestigious performers, musicians, concerts, schools, and more.
We collaborate with performers to enhance their performances. Our expertise and experience lend to a wonderful working experience.
For more information, please contact Luann at 424-537-8186
We can travel throughout Southern California.
Luann Carman has been a professional pianist since 1978 and holds two degrees in piano performance, a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts. She currently is the accompanist for the Great Oak High School Choirs, Southwest Women’s Choir, the United Church of the Valley, and various competitions, including our very own Temecula Valley Orchestra Concerto Competition.
A good accompanist has somewhat of a “sixth sense” for knowing what to play next, when to offer pitches without being asked, play entrances or parts along with the accompaniment where needed, follow the direction of the conductor, and have the flexibility to “fake it” by following a soloist in the event he misses an entrance.
My experience as an accompanist goes back as far as high school and college. It was an honor to accompany for Frank Pooler, renowned choral director, at home and abroad.
She taught at California State University Fullerton, California Lutheran College, Goldenwest College, Santa Ana College, and Cerritos Community College. She has authored two piano books for Warner Brothers and Hal Leonard Publications and is currently working on another.
Katie Kinnaman is an active-duty military spouse, mother of two little boys, and accomplished pianist who loves teaching piano and making music in collaboration with other musicians. She started accompanying vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists when she was about 12 years old in church, school, and the community. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Biola University and her Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy from SDSU under pedagogue Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar. She has accompanied for the Biola University Chorale, the instrumental program at Point Loma Nazarene University, the choral program at MVHS, and several church choirs during her time living in San Diego, Japan, Virginia, and the Inland Empire. Katie is currently living in Murrieta where she is an active member of the Music Teacher’s Association of CA and its local Temecula Valley Branch, teaches piano in her home studio, and accompanies for vocal and instrumental studios